Wer sich regelmäßig den SUPERGAU Podcast reinzieht und in der aktuellen Episode 20 KRIXL von der Stylefile (ILG Podcast) genau zugehört hat, wird die Ohren gespitzt haben als es um ein neues Buch namens “UNTOLD STORIES Inside Graffiti Writing Culture” ging. Wie der Titel schon sagt, geht’s um abgedruckte Writer Stories mit Fotos zu den Geschichten:
“Was als Hobby beginnt, kann schließlich zu einer Lebensweise werden. Was dich bei jeder Bewegung und allem, was du tust, beeinflusst. So wie Graffiti schöne Erinnerungen an Abenteuer, Rebellion und Freundschaft hervorrufen kann, so bleibt für die weniger Glücklichen nur ein Haufen alter Dokumente übrig. Eine Erinnerung an gezahlte Geldstrafen und gebrochene Gesetze. UNTOLD STORIES Inside Graffiti Writing Culture (ISBN: 978-3-939566-53-3), bringt uns dem inneren Heiligtum der vielfältigen Kultur des Graffiti-Writings nahe. In 43 Stories aus der ganzen Welt erzählt jeder Autor von einem entscheidenden Moment seines Lebens, der dazu beitrug, ihn zu dem Menschen zu machen, der er heute ist.”
Einen Preview, Beispielzitate aus dem Buch und eine Liste mit Writern, die im Buch zu Wort kommen gibt’s unten! Erhältlich ist das Buch hier auf stylefile.de aber wahrscheinlich auch bald in gut sortierten Graffiti Stores!
What starts out as a hobby, can eventually become a way of life. Lifting, or shadowing you in every move you make. Just as graffiti writing can provoke fond memories of adventure, rebellion, and friendship, for those less lucky only a pile of old documents remains. A reminder of paid fines and laws broken.
UNTOLD STORIES Inside Graffiti Writing Culture, brings us close to the inner sanctum of the diverse culture of graffiti writing. Featuring 43 stories from across the globe on 208 pages, each author shares a pivotal moment in their lives which became part of what made them the people they are today. The stories cover many aspects of graffiti through the author‘s lives, from youthful experimentation that ends up in mainstream media, to strange encounters with the law that end in surprising twists.
Deep inside, you know that if you keep going on like this, you might be crossing over. You might do a piece that speaks – no, sings – to the people outside your little sandbox. Your message might be so crystal clear that, for a brief moment, they get what you’re doing. They may even like it. (NAWAS)
The clip-clop of the senior officer’s fine Italian shoes sounded through the corridors as they were getting closer to our cell. Then finally the door opened. A short pause occurred, and then he asked us how much cash we both had on us. With little hesitation, we told him around 40.000 Lira each, which was about €20 back then. “That is exactly the amount of your fines for crossing over the railway tracks illegally! “, was the reply. (CAN2)
It was a disaster for him to find out that his younger son had picked up a graffiti habit as his ‘thing’. A BMX or skateboarding hobby would have been less frowned upon. Knowing that he would not approve, I tried to hide my passion from my father and begun to lead a second life. (JEROO)
In my 20s to 30s, I would probably have booked the next flight back to Yerevan directly and put all my energy into a new plan to paint the metro successfully. But, unfortunately, I am too old for that now.(MASON)
My hoody which was turned inside out was getting slowly covered in the Royal Purple paint that was rubbing on my upper torso as I clenched to the roof ledge. I was trying to take some weight off my feet and allow the crates to wobble a little less. After all, I didn’t want to fuck up my outlines. Although the night was fresh, sweat poured over my partly covered brow and a state of euphoria reached over me as I could see that I was almost there. My dream had almost come true. (WREN)
“Like a lot of dedicated train writers that I knew, and he was neglecting most aspects of his life while industrially collecting invisible boy scout badges from every country he had painted trains in. No girlfriend, no hobbies, no real interests political or social, he thought only about being the ultimate train writer. I had a few of those invisible badges too … but I left my badges at home.“ (KASINO)
Including: AMUCK (AUS), ASKE (RU), ATOME (AUS), ATSOK (PT), BILL SHARP (AUS), CAKES (SE), CALVIN & IN3 (AUS), CAN2 (DE), CASROC (NL), CENTO (IT), DART (SE), DEACE (FR), DIAGRAM (AUS), DIPHER (AUS), EKLA (FR), FLUSTA (AUS), HBOO (DE), HOMBRE (DE), IBRAHIM WIJBENGA (NL), IKE (IT), JEROO (DE), JOHN DERRICK (AUS), KAM (DE), KAOS (SE), KASINO (AUS), KISS (SE) & BILLY BADASS (NO), KRIXL (DE), LOOMIT (DE), LOW (IT), LOVEPUSHER (UK), MASON (DE), NAWAS (BE), NEOB (IT), NORIS (DE), NUNO VIEGAS (PT), RASK (IE), REBO (AUS), RUSK MA’CLAIM (DE), SECSE (IT), SPER (DE), SPICE (AUS), WREN (AUS), VERO (BE)
Available in selected Graffiti-shops and bookstores. (ISBN: 978-3-939566-53-3)